ABOUT OUR SCHOOL
Welcome to the ALC
We as a community will create and maintain a positive inclusive learning environment which fosters the skills to thrive through social emotional development and college and career readiness.Core ValuesStatements of belief that drive our words and actions?~We believe in equity.Creating a welcoming environment for allAwareness of student needs- emotional/physical/culturalBuilding cultural competence in the classroom~We believe that all students can and will be successful.Using positive affirmationsFocusing on student strengthsUnique classroom environment~We believe in building positive relattionships with our students.Judgement-free environmentUsing student interests to motivate learningBeing fully present with studentsModeling positive relationships~We believe in student growth.Functionally preparing for the futureIncrease in self-confidenceAcademic/social-emotional growth~We believe in high expectations for our students.GraduationGrowth mindsetAssisting students in setting and achieving goals~We believe in educating and supporting the whole child.Accepting students from where they areTeaching and promoting empathyProviding proactive social/emotional support~We believe in providing resources and accomodations to meet student needs.Centering instruction on research and evidence-based practicesProviding resources both in and outside of schoolConsistently following 504 and IEP accomodationsEnvironmental Aspirations~What will our building look, sound, and feel like?Ensuring that all students have the supplies and resources they need to be successful.People are treated as individuals with unique attributes, skills, and needs.Our building is a place where all ideas and identities are welcomed and supported.Encouraging the development of study skills and work habits for success in and out of school.An accepting environment for allMore options elective classesMore job and career resourcesMore supervised areasPostersTeach persistenceIncorporate more goal setting in academic coursesTeachers modeling growth mindsets and the power of yetPositive phone calls homeGroup work teaching emotional regulation and pro-social skillsSchool based mental health programsProviding better access to elective courses taught at the high schoolPeer helpers for new studentsStudents engaged in learningContinuity with staff and programsPositive interactions between students and staff and staff and staffProviding resources based on current student needTeachers building on student strengthsUsing inquiry based or project based learning that include student interests and ideasStudents have the opportunity to create their own graduation plan(clp/plp)Model empathy and positive communications (respond to student outbursts in a calm discussion type manner)Welcoming and well kept buildingStaff accommodate student needs /having high expectationsOffering a variety of relevant classes that fit student interestsHelping students with study skills and strategiesProvide more teacher pd when neededStrategic OutcomesOur school will…Build capacity around project based inquiry by providing PDo Interdisciplinary areasUnderstand students’ needs in an effort to offer opportunities for academic and personal growth in a changing worldo PBIS-instilling a positive and proactive vs punitive behavioral intervention approach to support students in the schoolo OJT/Internship opportunitiesEx: Project Searcho Post-Secondary Planningo Credit Recoveryo Digital Learningo Social Emotional Learning/Self Regulationo Life SkillsCommunicationManners/EtiquetteProblem SolvingIdentifying and finding resourcesMaintaining an equity lens in everything we do: curriculum, decision making, instructional practices, access to materials and opportunities, etcUtilize community resources to support mental & chemical health (Canvas Health, Lakes Center For Youth and Families)Build relationships through Ranger Hour by assigning 10-15 students to staff members in an effort to personalize learning (CLP’s, career and college readiness, and internships) *Note: program shifts to be determinedBuild capacity around MTSS and PST; having representation at a district levelUtilize positive language in all areasAnalyze various types of data to determine academic and social needs building wideKey Required ShiftsHow is this different from our current reality?Internship/Volunteer Coordinator (Jamie Bullock/Molly Bonnett)Continue to implement PBL through EdVisionso Identify and acquire resources needed for successful implementationGrowth mindsetSynergy training vs SWISPlanned PD Training around proactive vs punitive approach with behavior; building capacity around PBIS-based behavior interventions. Example includes ACEs Training & Check and ConnectCreate active action teamsPlan PD around equity and culturally competent instruction / Circle of Safety and SCARFRanger Hour: need to build capacity around relationships & student based mental healthCLPs & PLPs: building a framework around this so that it’s a positive and useful experienceAdvisory changes to Ranger HourDiscussion around new programming and shifts: Inquiry, Student Centered learning. Multi-disciplinary instruction4 Pieces of the ALC:o Credit Recovery- (9-12) after school hours in a seat-based program guided by the teacher. Enrollments will come through the office. Teacher is responsible for organization of curriculum.o ALC High School (9-12)o Dual Enrollmento Online ALC High School (available for other students in other districts).Shifting / move to our new spaceThis website has been created to provide information you will need as you begin your relationship with us.The links listed on this page will connect you to information on a wide variety of topics to help you get acquainted with our school and the Forest Lake Area School District.
If you have additional questions about our school, feel free to contact our office at 651-982-3175.